On Tuesday (August 28), Michael Che decided to come to the defense of Louis C.K. and what he believes is his right to return to the stage.
Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” co-anchor took to his Instagram Story and shared a few thoughts about the comedian who’s been accused of sexual harassment by numerous women and has been forced to remove himself from the spotlight.
Che says that he “made the mistake” of reading tweets about Louis created by a figurative straw man he calls “Megan.” He basically said all those criticizing C.K. and calling for his head as “OMG! Can you believe that guy went on with his life?!” and the responding, “Yes, Megan. I can.”
He then expounded on why he believes C.K.’s public punishment has gone too far. “What’s interesting to me about these articles against Louis CK performing again, is how important fame is to people,” he wrote. “A lot of what I read says that CK shouldn’t get to be a ‘famous’ comedian anymore. Because to them, he’s still winning. Isn’t that strange?”
“Meaning he can be shamed, humiliated, lose millions of dollars, lose all of his projects, lose the respect of a lot of his fans and peers, and whatever else that comes with what he did,” he continued, “but since he can still do a comedy set for free at a 200 seat club a year later, it means he got off easy. THAT’s how coveted fame is.”
One critic said the Comedy Cellar giving C.K. a platform would lead to new opportunities. Che responded, “Who’s to say what someone should be ‘allowed’ to get?” To someone else who asked him what he thinks C.K. “deserves.” Man, I don’t really know. I haven’t talked to him in a while. I don’t know any of his accusers. I don’t know what he’s done to right that situation, and it’s none of my business. But I do believe any free person has a right to speak and make a living.”
“Just because it looks to you like someone is ‘getting off easy’ cause they still have the perks you would kill to have, doesn’t make it so,” he concluded.
SNL’s Michael Che has some thoughts about Louis C.K. returning to the stage: pic.twitter.com/bLlKS3UVmH— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 29, 2018